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This son of a veteran marched 100 miles to D.C. to inspire support for military service members


Updated January 07, 2018 05:29 AM EST

Vic Wise finished his journey of 106 miles from Richmond, VA to Arlington National Cemetery in just under 45 hours.

For two days, a group of patriotic young men will hike more than 100 miles each to bring in an effort to raise inspire patriotism and support for military members.

Known as "Freedom Ruck," the event will see Victor Wise, the son of a retired Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, and his friends make a massive trek across northern Virginia. The event starts at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. From there, the group will travel north along U.S. Route 1 with American flags in tow until they reach Arlington National Cemetery, just south of the Washington, D.C.

"The goal of Freedom Ruck is to simply say thank you. We try to lead by example and inspire folks to stand behind these heroes and their families. Our hope is to rally the public to take action. Our servicemen and women deserve to know how much we appreciate what they do," said Wise in a statement on the event's website.

So what exactly is a "ruck?"

There's not technical definition, but a ruck is used by the military to refer to a long hike while carrying military gear. Sometimes troops carry more than 50 pounds of gear, according to Military.com.

All Freedom Ruck donations are completely tax deductible and go toward the Navy SEAL Foundation. The event, now in its fifth year, has reportedly raised more than $30,000 for the foundation.

You can follow the group's progress on its Twitter account, @FreedomRuck.

Editor's note: a previous version stated Wise would be participating in a separate trek in Seattle, he will be participating in the Virginia ruck. It also stated his father was an Afghan war vet, but this was changed to Operation Enduring Freedom.

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